Tasty Lunch & Bonus Spa Treatment for Your Hands!

Don’t laugh – it feels lovely. Here’s the “recipe”: Ingredients: 1 baking potato (about 400g) 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil 1 tsp iodized salt 56g roasted or canned chicken 7g lightly salted butter 1 serrano pepper (Okay, this is totally optional –  hot peppers are a stress buster and oh, so tasty, but you Read More …

Gators in the Creek: Not Just an Urban Legend!

Finally, after twenty years of glancing warily at Cypress-Creek, I saw one of the mythical alligators I’ve heard so much about. Twenty years ago, when the Kickerillo-Mischer Preserve was owned by Compaq, you could borrow a paddleboat and take it out onto the lake. You had to read a pamphlet about snakes and alligators and Read More …

A Walk in the Rain

Unlike the Wicked Witch of the West, I won’t melt in the rain. I do draw the line at dodging lightning strikes, and the ones we get around here are killer. I never thought much about them, until seeing the horrified looks on visiting Californian’s faces, once, as lightning struck a highway light pole across Read More …

Summer Morning Walk at Kickerillo-Misher Preserve

I don’t know that my heart was really in it, this morning, when I left the house for a brisk walk. The clouds were reminiscent of the dream fragments still clinging, like cobwebs, half-forgotten, in my brain. Tornado dreams, again–a direct hit, but with surprisingly little damage. I glanced at the sky, now and then, Read More …

OPQRSTUVWXYZ and DONE

Over at last! I breathe a sigh. This last ditch acrostic, Poetic “cheat” or penance? Tradition! Query Google, “A to Z” – a “blogging challenge” – Rally the troops: the blog; ten fingers stiff as Soldiers, gamely marching on the keyboard – Terpsichorean tapping, tintinnabulating touch; Unsung heroes of the post, expressing freely, A to Z. Read More …

Lacrima

“The sorrow which has no vent in tears may make other organs weep.” – Attributed to British Psychiatrist Henry Maudsley in “Why We Cry: The Truth About Tearing Up.” Do we cry less as we age? Is it because we feel emotions less acutely? Or it is that we’ve learned to repress and suppress this Read More …

Killing Him Softly

“Hello?” “Alicia.” Damn. It was Amanda, from Accounts Receivable. “You’re late.” That woman made me more nervous than a basket of bunnies. I tried to put a smile in my voice. “What’s the penalty this time, Amanda?” “You’ll have to ask the Man in the Penthouse. Any time debt exceeds our consultants‘ estimate of your Read More …

Jellybeans

“Marva?” At the sound of Dorothy calling my name, my daydream burst like a soap bubble. “Yes?” “The look on your face!” exclaimed Dorothy. “Thought you’d gotten hold of one of those earwax-flavored jellybeans my nephew brought over here on April Fool’s Day! What was that – licorice?” I’m no fan of licorice – I’m Read More …

Iridium

I might never have heard of iridium if not for Tom Lehrer, whose catchy setting of the periodic table of elements to a Gilbert and Sullivan tune did more to heighten my awareness of chemistry than the few weeks of college Chem I I took before dropping the class. “…There’s yttrium, ytterbium, actinium, rubidium, and Read More …

Flowers

Flowers bloom year ’round, here in Houston. Spring wildflowers are blooming, now, and the bees are happy. A bumblebee tried to whisper in my ear, yesterday- “Avoid the butterflies,” he said. “They’re flighty.” “Sure, but you’re a bumbling bee, so you shouldn’t be so critical.” I ducked like a nimble prizefighter as the round little Read More …

Eggs

Energizing Eggs I love eggs for breakfast! It’s a nearly perfect protein, and keeps me alert and energized better than a smoothie or a sweet, carb-laden breakfast cereal. I like both, mind you; they’re not “forbidden foods.” But if I need to be on the top of my game, I have to avoid added sugar, Read More …

Dragons

Nestled among the books, there rests a slow burn of dragons. A quick Google search will tell you that it’s either a “flight of dragons,” a “weyr of dragons,” or a “wing of dragons.” But these are library dragons. They breathe fiery rhetoric, have burning questions, and hotly debate the finer points of grammar. They Read More …